Colorado Gives

 

For all who have volunteered time, talent or energy to others in need, it’s easy to understand the feeling of wanting to do more. You might wish for deeper pockets or unlimited resources to make your giving more significant. Today is the day where a bit of that wish comes true. December 4 is Colorado Gives Day, which means that as each of us goes online to give, our donations have potential to be magnified by the $1 Million Incentive Fund. You can help through ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 2,300 nonprofits. Last year brought in $36 million in a 24-hour period.

Wondering where to start? Below are a few JustServe partners who stand in extra need and would benefit from a boost on this day of giving.

 

 

Volunteers of America

The Volunteers of America provides a variety of year-round support to those in need. Areas that need the most right now include serving meals at a daytime shelter and helping with yard clean up for senior citizens. They also have several volunteer from home ideas that include writing letters to veterans, decorating bags for meals on wheels, or even putting together a craft kit for low income preschool students.

Catholic Charities

In like manner, Catholic Charities offer a variety of services and can use volunteers to help pull together. Current opportunities include helping at a women’s shelter, either serving dinner, decorating cookies, or hosting a movie night. You can also host a Christmas party for residents of Catholic Charities housing, or adopt a family for Christmas.

 

Lutheran Family Services

Lutheran Family Services (LFS) is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Rocky Mountain region. Every year LFS responds to needs of 30,000 people. One simple but constant need is for diaper donations. Clients often have large families and always need diapers. You can also help with creating baby baskets for refugee families who are either expecting or have just had a new baby.

In this season of giving, and as we Light the World, we hope you will consider joining in this day as Colorado Gives.

 


There might be a reason why it seems members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t spend much time on the question: Are Mormons Christian? Perhaps it’s because it feels like an obvious conclusion. A straightforward definition of Christianity is believing Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer. And we do. With that, the discussion seems over. However, even as a child, I remember being challenged on this topic by classmates, and as an adult, it still comes up. It made no sense to me how a church called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be seen as anything but Christian. Yet in the meantime, I’ve learned that there are some Christians who have a more specific definition of Christianity, and that is where we might diverge. Here are the important basics:

  1. Latter-day Saints do not accept the creeds, confessions, and formulations of post–New Testament Christianity.
  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not descend through the historical line of traditional Christianity. That is, Latter-day Saints are not Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant.
  3. Latter-day Saints do not believe scripture consists of the Holy Bible alone but have an expanded canon of scripture that includes the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

In unequivocal terms, we as members of the church assert belief in God, our eternal Father, his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Some creeds call for a belief in the Holy Trinity, where it is understood that all three are without form and are one. We do not believe in a trinity. From there, other distinctions include (more…)


Each year the Colorado Rockies select one home game to be “Mormon Night At the Rockies.”

This year’s game was well attended as members of the church statewide were able to purchase discounted tickets.

The Colorado Mormon Choral sang the national anthem, conducted by Kent Jones. This has become a wonderful tradition each year.

Also 3 young men from Boy Scout Troop 372 of the Alameda Congregation in Aurora presented the colors. (more…)


In 1846 Mormon settlers as part of the Mormon Battalion established a temporary settlement about one-half mile east of Pueblo on the south side of the Arkansas River. In total 275 men, women, and children from 4 different detachments made up this settlement.

They might not have known it at the time but this settlement was the first branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Colorado and was the first Anglo settlement of any form in what is now the modern state of Colorado.

On June 2nd and June 3rd 2018, the Fort Vasquez Museum in Platteville Colorado will be hosting a series of formal presentations about the Mormon Colony at Pueblo and the history of the fur trade along the forts of Colorado’s Front Range.  (more…)


The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced open house and dedication dates for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple of the Church.
The public is invited to a free tour of the temple during an open house from Friday, August 19, through Saturday, September 10, excluding the Sundays August 21 and 28 and September 4. Additional details will be available and tour reservations can be made at templeopenhouse.lds.org beginning approximately two weeks before the open house commences.
The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, October 16, in three sessions. In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, October 15.

“We look forward to celebrating the Temple dedication and activities preceding it with all of our neighbors in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Temples are designed and intended to bless entire communities, wherever they are located, and we know that will be true of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple,” said Elder George F. Rhodes Jr., an Area Seventy for the Northern Colorado Area.

Ground was broken for the Fort Collins Colorado Temple on August 24, 2013. Plans to construct the temple were first announced by Church President Thomas S. Monson in April 2011. The Fort Collins Temple will be the second Church temple in Colorado. The Denver Colorado Temple was dedicated in 1986.
The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is being constructed on a 15-acre site located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Trilby Road and Timberline Road in Fort Collins. The geographic area to be served by the new temple includes approximately 44,000 members of the Church living in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The Fort Collins Temple will be approximately the same size as the Denver Colorado Temple.

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While the Church’s 18,000-plus meetinghouses are open to all people who wish to attend religious services, temples, once they have been formally dedicated, are open only to Latter-day Saints in good standing. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make promises to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.
There are currently 149 operating temples of the Church worldwide. Five existing temples are currently undergoing renovation. Thirteen temples are currently under construction, and 11 additional temples have been announced.

For more information visit:  http://www.mormontemples.org/eng/temple/fort-collins-colorado

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With the advent of a new temple coming to Northern Colorado, The Coloradoan – a local news publication – has recently released an article highlighting the growth of the LDS community in the area. Gary Foster, an LDS stake president in the Fort Collins area was interviewed along with other church leaders. President Foster was quoted as saying:

“Fort Collins is a value-friendly community and school-friendly community. That’s very appealing to LDS families,” Foster said. “There is a long tradition of very faithful members in this area and strong congregations that also makes it appealing. The advent of the temple will accelerate members of our faith preferring Fort Collins,”

The new Fort Collins temple will be the second temple in the state of Colorado and is expected to open sometime in 2016. (no official date has been determined yet).  A temple is a unique building for the LDS faith and is treated as the most sacred place to worship, more so than the local meeting houses. Learn more about temples here.

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The article also notes that even without the advent of a new temple in the area, the church has been growing. In Colorado, Latter-day Saints account for about 3 percent of the population. Over 150,000 members live in Colorado and the church is among the fastest-growing religious groups in the state. Check out the link below to read the full article.

The Coloradoan – Read the full article here


National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving on November 14-22. This is a time for us all to think about what we are thankful for, to share our compassion and help those experiencing homelessness. As we think about how we can help those who are in need of the most basic needs of life, we want to share how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Loveland and Fort Collins teamed up with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver-Larimer County Region to collect much-needed donations for a statewide day of service called Colorado Cares day.

Over the last two years LDS congregations and Catholic Charities have worked closely together in a team effort to provide record amounts of donations. Working jointly with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Denver, they gathered 225 boxes of items, which were taken to the Catholic Charities’ facility in Fort Collins. Catholic Charities operations manager Tim Dolan said,

“We really appreciate the donations we received today. We got the kinds of things we really needed. The joint effort with the LDS Church was a real blessing.”

In 2014 alone, 3,044 pounds of food and paper goods were contributed to the House of Neighborly Service, a pantry that serves the area. It was the second largest food drive the facility had ever experienced.

Participation for the service event has been outstanding.  In 2014, 21 projects were completed in which 812 volunteers of all ages took part, rendering 1,750 hours of service in one day!

Members from both faiths have been strengthened within the communities of Loveland, Fort Collins and Berthoud through this combined service to the community.  The public has gained a better understanding of the importance of Christlike love and service, and it has raised awareness for the need to help those in less fortunate circumstances.

To find ways you can help the homeless this month and ongoing – here are a few links to resources looking for donations or volunteers to help.

Serve.CCDenver.org : Volunteer site for Catholic Charities

www.denverrescuemission.org :  Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest, full-service Christian charity in the Rocky Mountain region.

www.attentionhomes.org : Attention Homes is a safe resource for homeless and displaced youth.

www.JustServe.org: JustServe matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help.

 


On September 12, 2015 – The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Black Genealogy Search Group, and FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world hosted an exclusive VIP event in Denver, CO announcing the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch of a nationwide volunteer indexing effort.

About 100 people attended the VIP event at the beautiful Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in downtown Denver’s five points neighborhood. Most of those present were personally understanding of the difficulties for Black Genealogical efforts in the United States and very appreciative for this new resource.

The program was an excellent mixture of speakers, music, and learning about this spectacular resource. Adrian Miller, the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches directed the program which included Ex Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Reverend Frank Marvin Davis,  Mrs. Janet Taylor of the Black Genealogical Search Group and Mrs. Terry Nelson of the Blair Caldwell Library, Bishop Jermaine Carroll, and President Russell  Watterson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. of The speakers shared their combined enthusiasm and appreciation for the work that will be done and its value to their Community. The audience also enjoyed an amazing musical performance by local actress and singer SuCh.

Several present had already been to an LDS Family History Center to do genealogy work, and others were excited to see the addresses of the Denver Area Family History Centers noted on the program. Refreshments and hands on training were shared after the meeting on the third floor of the Library. For more information on the event contact ericfowles@me.com

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